I flip flopped several times on whether or not to stay up to watch the unveiling and, in the end, decided to go to bed. My thinking was that regardless of whether it was good or bad, my brain would be churning with all the new information and possibilities and not be able to calm down and sleep. Whereas I can psych myself out well enough to go to bed on time and pretend nothing is happening. Worked! Watched the whole presentation first thing in the morning AND had follow up specs/details/reactions from the automotive press already waiting for me.
So. That all said as an introduction, I think there is no doubt that they've hit it freakin' out of the ballpark. Tesla tweeted that the first week total was over 325,000 already, so I guess I'm not the only one.A huge step towards a more sustainable future: 325,000 and counting https://t.co/XKlywcYhp8 #Model3 pic.twitter.com/a367jCJgaK— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) April 7, 2016
The nose when it was on the podium looked a little odd (the headlights and DRLs are perfect though) but once pictures and video started emerging from the test rides-- taken with the slight downward view of standing person (like we'll see it for real) instead of being on an elevated stage-- all my worries about the nose evaporated.
The trunk is not a hatchback, which REALLY surprised me. I guess they had to make that trade off to remove the rear seat's overheard beam, but while that big piece of glass is great for rear passengers, the lack of a hatch limits utility a bit. I hope they come up with a way to change that, but the detailed mechanism suggests it wasn't a last minute decision.
None of the prototypes were lit inside very well, but it appears the wood trim covers the top of the entire center console and also has a 6" wide swath across the front of the dashboard from door to door. With a big board of gorgeous wood across there I might forget all about my heads up display and other niggles.Speculation time, based on Elon tweets-- what's part 2? What's the steering system?? Here: https://t.co/5LfU1GMGXi #Tesla #Model3— Tesla Pittsburgh (@TeslaPittsburgh) April 4, 2016
I really like that silvery matte color was very eye catching. I hope it makes it into production-- but I suspect my wife really just wants her shot at Signature Red.PLEASE @elonmusk offer us a Sig Red #Model3 -Silver pearl color was awesome tho. How 'bout for employee/owners only? pic.twitter.com/wHK703IQ9i— Tesla Pittsburgh (@TeslaPittsburgh) April 1, 2016
Anyway-- otherwise LOVE it. Totally relieved! The wheels were gorgeous and-- thankfully-- already confirmed for production.
Supercharging still seems up in the air but... Every thing I've read and knowing Elon's history, the cars will all come with Superchariging included. Don't worry about it. It's been years since Tesla broke that out as a cost option and I don't see them doing it again. The network was young and small then.Thank you @elonmusk -- and superb work by the design team! Love those wheels... #Tesla #Model3 pic.twitter.com/O39Q38C0bq— Tesla Pittsburgh (@TeslaPittsburgh) April 2, 2016
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